Upset over the dismissal of a Glenwood Middle School teacher and the treatment of some pupils who support her, a group of parents is planning demonstrations this week.
About 15 parents and four pupils attended an organizational meeting Wednesday night at Glenwood Senior Citizen's Center on Route 97.
With the demonstrations, the group hopes to bring about the reinstatement of Kristine Lockwood, who has not been in class since April 28, and an independent review of her performance and dismissal.
County Council approves increase of water rates
The Howard County Council approved higher residential and commercial water rates effective this summer but postponed action on a bill Monday night that would impose fines for repeated false burglar alarms.
The vote was 4-0 on both measures, and the water rate increase will take effect in 60 days.
Ellicott City Republican Christopher J. Merdon, whose wife had a girl Monday -- their first child -- was absent.
Under the water measure, the rate increase would be applied during warm-weather months, making Howard the first Maryland subdivision to impose seasonally adjusted water rates. The increase is needed, the county says, because it costs more to pump water purchased from Baltimore during warmer months when demand is high.
Final arguments heard in Iager turkey farm case
Public debate about the Iager turkey farm in southern Howard County appears to have ended.
After more than 30 hearings on the fate of the 507-acre Fulton property, both sides made their final arguments Tuesday morning before the Howard County Zoning Board in the George Howard Building in Ellicott City. The first hearing was held Sept. 1.
The board has not set a date for its first work session on the proposed Maple Lawn Farms Development, which calls for commercial space and almost 1,200 residential units.
Pete Oswald, vice president of the Greater Beaufort Park Citizens Association, made the closing statement for the opposition.
Calling the proposed Iager development "an over-developed wolf in self-described Smart Growth clothing," he urged the board to reject the plan or scale it back.
Council postpones vote on golf course proposal
The Robey administration has yelled "Fore," but no Howard County Council members are stepping up to the tee for a proposed West Friendship golf course.
The council postponed a preliminary vote on the $8.8 million project during a capital budget review Tuesday, and several members said they have serious doubts about building a second publicly owned golf course.
The county built Timbers of Troy in Elkridge three years ago.
"I don't doubt there's a demand for golf [in the area]. Is there that demand in Howard County?"
Councilman C. Vernon Gray, an east Columbia Democrat, asked Gary J. Arthur, director of the county Department of Recreation and Parks.
Half or more of the golfers at Timbers don't live in Howard County, Gray said.
McCarty quietly departs Columbia Association
The Columbia Association bade farewell Wednesday to Deborah O. McCarty much the way it welcomed her about 20 months ago: quietly.
The association president, who after months of debate over her leadership and performance agreed last week to resign for $200,000 in severance pay, spent her final day as Columbia's equivalent of a mayor saying goodbye to employees, tending to last-minute details and preparing instructions for those who will temporarily take over.
McCarty named Chick Rhodehamel, the association's vice president for open space, acting president.
The 10-member Columbia Council, which began its new session Monday, is likely to name an interim president and then set out to hire a permanent replacement.
Former chairman to lead council during search
The Columbia Council elected a former council chairman Thursday night to lead the 10-member board through a critical time as the search begins for the Columbia Association's second president in less than two years.
Lanny Morrison, the newly elected representative from Harper's Choice, defeated Adam Rich of River Hill by a vote of 6 to 4.
Morrison, who served on the council more than a decade ago, stressed before the vote his commitment to an "open process" and maintaining a level of civility, even in the face of conflicting views.